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10:20 PM ET, December 10, 2012

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Rich Yeselson / American Prospect:
This Is Not Wisconsin.  It's Worse.  —  Sheldon Dick/Farm Security Administration  —  Strikers guarding window entrance to Fisher body plant number three in Flint, Michigan (1937)  —  Let's clear one thing up.  “Right to work” laws, which permit employees working at a unionized workplace …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
“Right to work” push guarantees all out war in Michigan  —  The “right to work” battle in Michigan may not be over quite yet.  —  Top Democrats in the Michigan Congressional delegation just wrapped up their meeting with Governor Rick Snyder, during which they urged him in no uncertain terms …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt in the Afterlife  —  Certainly you've seen them, or at least one — that steady drumbeat of oddly normal and yet somehow surreal pictures of post-defeat Mitt Romney that keep showing up everywhere.  Here, gassing up the minivan with hair and posture right out of a screen test for The Hangover 5.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Magazine
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Bill Maher / HBO:
Authentic Is the New Slimy
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Jim Williams / Public Policy Polling:
Holiday Poll Results: Voters See Gifts from Santa for Obama, Romney
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Marco Rubio and the Coming Conservative Revolt  —  In the immediate wake of the election, Republicans felt so stunned — in no small part because they had deluded themselves into expecting victory — that it seemed momentarily possible that the party's long march to the right may halt or even reverse.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Tom Price won't challenge Boehner
Discussion: Politico
Robert Costa / National Review:
Boehner's Biggest Threat
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Zero Dark Thirty: new torture-glorifying film wins raves  —  Can a movie that relies on fabrications to generate support for war crimes still be considered great?  —  (updated below)  —  Earlier this year, the film “Zero Dark Thirty”, which purports to dramatize the hunt for and killing …
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Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Two Cheers for Zero Dark Thirty's Torture Scenes
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
BIN LADEN, THE MOVIE
Talking Points Memo:
Obama: Right-To-Work Laws Mean ‘Right To Work For Less Money’  —  President Obama railed against right-to-work laws Republicans are currently trying to pass in Michigan, arguing that they constitute a “race to the bottom,” during a speech in Redford, Michigan Monday.
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama jumps headfirst into fight over Michigan ‘right-to-work’ law
Discussion: Politico
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham's ‘bankruptcy’ trifecta  —  “I think we're going over the cliff.  It's pretty clear to me they made a political calculation.  This offer doesn't remotely deal with entitlement reform in a way to save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security from imminent bankruptcy.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Post Politics
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Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
On debt ceiling, Graham vows to ‘play that game’
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Lindsey Graham: Debt Ceiling Will Force Obama To Man Up On Medicare Cuts
Discussion: Wonkette and The Raw Story
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Sore Loser Allen West: My Opponent Only Won Because He Cheated  —  In an exit befitting his outspoken, controversial two years in Congress, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said that he only lost his re-election because his opponent cheated.  —  West lost narrowly to Democratic up-and-comer Patrick Murphy last month …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colbert tops SC voters' Senate wish list  —  Nikki Haley is one of the most unpopular Governors in the country.  Only 42% of voters approve of the job she's doing to 49% who disapprove.  Out of 43 sitting Governors PPP has polled on, that ranks her 35th in popularity.
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Goldman's Top Economist Explains The World's Most Important Chart, And His Big Call For The US Economy  —  In a recent report, Goldman's top economist Jan Hatzius predicted that finally, the US would see a real growth acceleration in the second half of 2013.  —  There are three great reasons to listen to Hatzius:
Discussion: Economist's View
Yahoo! Finance:
Hostess Maneuver Deprived Pension  —  Hostess Brands Inc. said it used wages that were supposed to help fund employee pensions for the company's operations as it sank toward bankruptcy.  —  It isn't clear how many of the Irving, Texas, company's workers were affected by the move …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg:
Google Revenues Sheltered in No-Tax Bermuda Soar to $10 Billion  —  Front Street in Hamilton, Bermuda.  The increase in Google's revenues routed to Bermuda, disclosed in a Nov. 21 filing by a subsidiary, could fuel the outrage over corporate tax dodging.  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Where things really stand in the fiscal cliff negotiations  —  For the White House, the key to any deal is tax revenues — delivered at least partly through higher rates — and a long-term solution to the debt ceiling.  Additionally, any big deal will have to include some stimulus …
Maine Public Broadcasting Network / mpbn.net:
Panel Recommends that Maine Prosecutor be Suspended … Assistant Hancock County District Attorney Mary Kellett is being recommended for suspension by a panel of the Maine Board of Bar Overseers.  Created by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the board governs the conduct of lawyers.
Robin Marty / RH Reality Check:
Worst Marketing Decision Ever: Drycleaner Puts “Pro-life” Message on Their Hangers  —  There is a branch of anti-choice activists that will use pretty much anything as a medium for their message: newspaper ads, graphic signs displayed in front of schools, bus stop benches.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Jamie Foxx Jokes About Killing ‘All The White People’ In His New Movie  —  Two weeks ago, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx made national headlines when he called President Obama “Our lord and savior.”  —  While hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend, Foxx joked about how in his new film …
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Joe Scarborough Blasts Conservative ‘Bullies’ For ‘Destroying’ GOP: ‘Punch Them In The Face’  —  On Monday, Joe Scarborough took a harsh look at the conservative “racket” The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol described recently in an op-ed. Agreeing with the sentiment, Scarborough criticized …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
McCain to join Foreign Relations Committee just before Sec State hearing  —  MANAMA - The committee that will soon vet the next secretary of state will have a new Republican heavyweight next year: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the man leading the charge against potential nominee U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
Discussion: First Read, CNN, Politico and Post Politics
David Sirota / Salon:
Karl Rove won't surrender race card  —  The disgusting racial codes in his super PAC's new ad suggest the GOP will never stop pitting us against each other  —  Lee Atwater's claim to fame was his pioneering use of racially divisive imagery in political messages that, superficially, didn't seem to be about race at all.
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Yale scientists name Obamadon, a slender-jawed lizard, after the President  —  In the foreground, the carnivorous lizard Palaeosaniwa pursues a pair of hatchling Edmontosaurus, as the snake Cerberophis and the lizard Obamadon look on.  In the background, T. rex faces off against Triceratops.
Discussion: The Hill and Twitchy
Kevin Carey / New York Times:
Who Will Hold Colleges Accountable?  —  LAST month The Chronicle of Higher Education published a damning investigation of college athletes across the nation who were maintaining their eligibility by taking cheap, easy online courses from an obscure junior college.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Via Meadia
James Hohmann / Politico:
Battleground Poll: Hike taxes on rich  —  An American appetite for tax hikes gives President Barack Obama leverage in fiscal cliff negotiations.  —  A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds that 60 percent of respondents support raising taxes on households that earn …
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
US sending 20 more F-16s to Egypt, despite turmoil in Cairo  —  Turmoil in Egypt isn't stopping a shipment of 20 F-16 fighter jets, including this one - already emblazoned with Egypt's flag.  —  Instability in Egypt, where a newly-elected Islamic government teeters over an angry population …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
City Room:
Man Fatally Shot on Midtown Street  —  A man was shot in the head and killed on a busy Midtown street a block south of Central Park on Monday afternoon, the police said.  —  The shooting occurred shortly before 2 p.m. near 58th Street and Seventh Avenue, an intersection in a tony area near …
Politico:
RNC launches official review on 2012 election (Updated)  —  The Republican National Committee is rolling out a plan to review what worked and what didn't for the party in the 2012 cycle, appointing five people at the top of a committee that will make recommendations on things like demographics, messaging and fundraising.
 
 
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Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Exclusive: UK military in talks to help Syria rebels
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Emily Deruy / ABCNEWS:
Latinos Favor Tax Increases for Wealthy to Solve Fiscal Cliff
Discussion: Hot Air
John Wagner / Washington Post:
O'Malley: Hillary Clinton would make a ‘great’ president — if she runs
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Strauss-Kahn and Hotel Housekeeper Settle Suit Over Alleged Attack
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